Why do celebrities feel the need to lie and say they’re not on a diet? It has become a swear word, says Vanessa Feltz

MANY years ago I released a best selling workout video. It was 2001, a year after my divorce, and I’d lost to a size 10 on the Heartbreak Diet.

I was feverishly trying to create a new me, exercising like crazy and hardly eating.

Vanessa at the Breast Cancer Care fashion show in London in 2009

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Vanessa at the Breast Cancer Care fashion show in London in 2009Photo credit: Rex
Vanessa at a film screening in London in March this year

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Vanessa at a film screening in London in March this yearPhoto credit: Getty

It was just one of many times I’ve lost a significant amount of weight, and I’ve always been honest about how I managed to do it.

But these days, most celebrities will claim they don’t diet at all. It’s become a dirty word, replaced instead with “healthy eating,” which really isn’t the same thing.

Those who are truly lean past a certain age are almost certainly eating very little — but it’s incredibly out of style to say that.

There is more dishonesty about dieting than ever before, with dieters wildly pretending they aren’t and insisting that their slim physique is natural.

Amanda Holden, 51, is the latest star to say she’s not on a diet. I know Amanda and she speaks incredibly directly.

I don’t know what she eats and doesn’t eat – she could be one of those incredibly lucky people who really eat what they want. I saw a picture of her with her mother and she was slim and tall too.

lack of honesty

Maybe she grew up in such an incredible environment that she doesn’t have obsessive attitudes about food and is genuinely relaxed enough to just eat a cookie or a very small piece of cake and no more, but most people her size just are not not like that.

Of course, the person who seems to be eating the least to stay the thinnest is Victoria Beckham, 48.

Her husband David, 47, recently revealed they’ve had the exact same meal for 25 years – a piece of plain grilled fish with steamed vegetables.

Victoria, whose birthday cake was actually a few slices of watermelon in the shape of a pie, was the poster child for staying thin.

But even she’s been feeling pressure lately to say that being skinny is dated and the new attractive figure is curvaceous.

Who is she kidding? We all know she’s not going to back that up with a sandwich.

There is a fundamental lack of honesty when it comes to dieting, as most women who do manage to be lean eat very little, and probably far less, than they want to.

Well, I don’t advocate diets – and I’ve tried them all. I tried the Beverly Hills Diet, which was high in pineapples, apricots, and plums. It wasn’t feasible and I don’t remember losing weight.

I did the banana diet where you had six bananas a day but I would use up my allowance too quickly, like four for breakfast, two for lunch and then a regular dinner plus cake and snacks so that wasn’t the case. doesn’t work at all.

I tried the cabbage soup diet which was awful – the kitchen would stink afterwards.

Amanda Holden, 51, is the latest star to say she's not on a diet

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Amanda Holden, 51, is the latest star to say she’s not on a dietPhoto credit: Rex

I did Atkins which results in terrible bad breath. I wanted to cut off my own head. Then The Master Cleanse, which Beyonce should have done. It was a peppery, disgusting concoction that you kept in the fridge.

Then there was the F plan – everyone would joke that the F stood for fart, but it was actually fiber. All it did was give you the most horrible gas.

I really tried all of them and they left me in a bad mood and hungry.

However, the most effective diet was the simplest of all, eat less and move more. There’s no gimmick, it’s nothing exciting, and nobody’s going to sell you a book about it. But it works and there’s no shame.

While we’re honest about diets, it goes without saying that they’re not easy.

Like many women, I would feverishly go on a diet and then put everything back on.

At times I’ve been very successful at losing weight, and I’ve been photographed through every single minute of my yo-yo ups and downs.

I would be very congratulatory for losing a tremendous amount of weight and then I would buy new clothes and think, ‘That’s awesome, I’m a skinny person.’ But I would celebrate with some cake and put it all back on.

It was the same for years and it was public – it was hellish.

I would fall out of the car so low and so fast. The tremendous effort and sacrifice I put into losing the weight and then putting it all back on was humbling and I had to admit I had failed.

Victoria's husband David recently revealed that she's been eating the exact same meal for 25 years - a piece of plain grilled fish with steamed vegetables

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Victoria’s husband David recently revealed that she’s been eating the exact same meal for 25 years – a piece of plain grilled fish with steamed vegetablesPhoto credit: Getty

But there are far worse ways to lose weight than dieting. As a teenager, I unfortunately tried diet pills.

Ironically – because I was a size 12 and didn’t have any weight issues – my mom took me to buy them when I was about 17.

Basically, it was amphetamines dispensed by some doctor who had some shady sideline.

All they did was accelerate my heart to the most incredible rate that I felt like I was having a heart attack.

I couldn’t sleep because my heart was racing, my mouth was so dry and I couldn’t eat so I lost weight. But the second I stopped taking them, I was starving and eating everything I deprived myself of while taking the pills. It wasn’t worth the three or four pounds I lost.

I kept going back to type because I am me, I’m not someone else.

Losing weight was so alien to my true nature – which is to sit down and have a really good meal.

My tallest was a size 24 and my smallest was a ten. There’s always been tremendous pressure to remain skinny as bones in public at all times.

Those who don’t stick to the norm are severely scourged for being overweight – pictures of their buttocks on the cover of a magazine. Did she gain weight? Is she taller than two years ago? It’s soul crushing.

In 2015, a magazine wrote that friends of mine were worried about me, saying I’d gained five pounds and “been drinking pudding again.”

Not true – I even tried doing it with Scott Mills on his radio show when the story broke, but we just couldn’t swallow it. It just didn’t come right out of the jar.

But it sounded delicious. Still sounds delicious.

There will always be pressure from loved ones to be healthy and live long.

That’s why I had a gastric bypass in 2019 and I’ve been honest about it.

long misery

In fact, I was so honest that I practically invited the photographers into the surgeon’s waiting room. I didn’t want anyone to think I lost weight through dieting – but only because that wasn’t true.

I’m about size 12 now and the gastric bypass limits the amount of food I can eat. Even if I imagined eating too much, I can’t. And I feel like it.

There’s another reason no one wants to admit they’re on a diet. It’s because they’re a self-fulfilling pass to a terrible weight problem. They don’t want to go on a diet. It’s like saying, “Now the hardship begins, I’m going to suffer and it’s going to be a long time of misery.”

Nobody wants that, so I can understand why some would want to claim that everything they do is just “eating healthy.”

Kim K was at least honest when she recently revealed that she went on a diet before wearing Marilyn Monroe's iconic gold dress

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Kim K was at least honest when she recently revealed that she went on a diet before wearing Marilyn Monroe’s iconic gold dressPhoto credit: Getty

But the truth for most women is that if you eat as much healthy food as you want, you won’t lose weight.

Celebrities often say, “I eat what I like” or “I’m not obsessed with food.” But that’s usually a flat out lie and when you’re with them, you see it.

If you go out to eat with them, they ask for a kid’s portion or a starter instead of a main course, eat half or end up pushing their food around on the plate.

Kim Kardashian, 41, was at least honest when she recently revealed she went on a diet before wearing Marilyn Monroe’s iconic gold dress to the Met Gala in New York.

She confessed to cutting out carbs and sugar while exercising daily and even wearing a sauna suit twice a day.

There is so much misery and dishonesty surrounding food and dieting. But I appreciate Kim’s honesty and I’m not judging anyone — she can go on a diet if she wants.

And so should we all. Nobody should feel the need to lie about it.

37 percent of us are obese, so is now really the right time to put dieting aside?

We’re constantly told that you need to be body positive, so women feel like they can’t say they want to lose weight.

You fear that saying it out loud would be unfeminist and inappropriate, and you must not say it in front of your daughters or friends.

Admitting that you’re counting calories or trying to reduce a dress size has become a faux pas and shouldn’t be.

It’s time to get to grips with dieting. Love ’em or loathe ’em, they’re here to stay.

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